Susan May Pratt
Richard Speight Jr.
I can guarantee that some people will be banging their heads in frustration at how consistently stupid these characters are, so if you're the type of person who can't help but yell at the screen, "Don't go in there!" during a horror/thriller, you might wanna steer clear. Basically, these characters get stranded off their boat because of pure stupidity, and it's that same stupidity that keeps them from getting back on. Or rather, it's the fact that the movie would be over far too soon if they did.
Where the movie shines most is the direction and acting. Although the tension is lacking in places (which is the thing that made the original OPEN WATER so powerful), the beautiful cinematography and stylized editing always help to keep the film visually arresting. This tends to salvage the movie from being as lousy as it might've been in someone else's hands. The capable actors also help to add some much needed personality to their obviously scripted characters. But unfortunately, only a couple of them are actually sympathetic. Even though you'll want to keep watching to see who (if anybody) makes it back on the boat alive, you won't exactly be rooting for them do so.
The writing is actually where the biggest problems lie. Putting aside the fact that it's easier to invest emotion into people that aren't complete morons, the dialogue is also pretty lame most of the time. I will admit to never being bored during the film's runtime, and I was especially surprised at how well executed the story was, but the movie does tend to flail half-dead in the water whenever the faults of the writing creep in.
The Making of Open Water 2 (20:06): Meh. Nothing special here. Mostly just a promotional piece with little bits and pieces of behind-the-scenes footage/information, but with a much stronger focus on the cast explaining the story.
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